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Del Rosario TKO’s Mahe, Kaufman KO’s Modafferi with slam at Strikeforce Challengers 9

EVERETT, WASH. (July 23, 2010) — Fast-rising heavyweight prospect Shane Del Rosario kept his perfect record in tact with a first round knockout over Lolohea Mahe in the main event of Friday’ STRIKEFORCE Challengers MMA event on SHOWTIME® from the Comcast Arena at Everett in Everett, Wash.

In the co-main event, undefeated Sarah Kaufman defended her STRIKEFORCE Women’s Welterweight World Championship with a thrilling third round knockout of challenger Roxanne Modafferi.

Del Rosario (10-0) came out swinging in the first, using his speed as an advantage over the larger Mahe (6-2-1). After a short stoppage of time after an inadvertent low blow to Mahe, Del Rosario pressed his opponent against the cage and continued with an onslaught of punches and knees. He used a left knee to the body to wound Mahe and followed up with a combo causing Mahe to double over in pain. The referee stopped the fight at 3:48 of the first round.

“I knew he didn’t like shots to the body, so I kept hitting the body until he dropped,” said Del Rosario, who hopes to have catapulted himself into the thick of things in STRIKEFORCE’s deep heavyweight division. “I’ve been training really hard and it’s finally paying off. I’m ready to step up the opposition and move on.

A wounded Mahe was clearly disappointed with his performance.

“He hurt me with the knee to the stomach,” Mahe said. “It just knocked the air out of me.”

In a hard-fought, technical match, Kaufman (12-0) stole the show and emerged victorious with an impressive body slam at 4:45 of the third round. Modafferi (15-6) seemed to win the first round, but Kaufman came out blazing in the second, finishing the round with a flurry of punches. The highlight-reel body slam brought the crowd to its feet and ended the title defense in dramatic fashion.

“I got a knockout,” Kaufman said. “It feels good to get the KO and to impress. She was really good at the take downs, but I could feel her getting tired. The opportunity was there with the body slam and I took advantage of it.”

Bobby Voelker (22-8) emerged victorious with a split decision victory over local fan favorite Cory Devela (9-5). The first round was close but Devela seemed to be the aggressor in the second even though he was on the bottom of the action. The hometown crowd was surprised when the scores were announced following the third, 29-28 Devela, 29-28 Voelker, 29-28 Voelker.

“I should have been better,” Voelker said. “I always want to finish my opponent. It just shows I need to go back and work on my game. I didn’t anticipate him to fight in the clinch like that – that surprised me.”

Devela, who had taken a year off from the cage to help his girlfriend battle cancer, disagreed with the decision.

“I was surprised, I thought I had it,” Devela said. “Even when I was on the ground I thought I was working on submissions. I just shouldn’t have left it up to the judges.

“He had a lot of control in the second, but I thought I was still active. I thought I would have come away with the decision. Nothing against him – but I’d like to do this fight again.”

In the second fight of the evening, Mike “Mak” Kyle (17-7-1) won his fifth straight fight with a first round submission (rear naked choke) of Abongo Humphrey (7-2) in a light heavyweight matchup.

Kyle threw solid combos throughout the fight, tiring Humphrey and getting him into positions where he was susceptible to submissions and a barrage of punches. The win may enter Kyle into consideration to challenge the winner of “King” Mo Lawal’s STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Title defense against Rafael Feijao, who Kyle defeated in 2009.

“I stayed calm and relaxed and I knew I was in great shape,” Kyle said. “He gave me that choke – he gassed out.

“I never gave up when a lot of people thought I should. This is just a stepping stone for me. I’m waiting for a lot of things to open up. When I’m blessed with the opportunity, I’ll be ready for it.”

Humphrey, who suffered only his second career loss, knew he made some mistakes.

“I didn’t execute my game plan at all,” Humphrey said. “I dropped my hands a couple of times. It was just bad all the way around. He’s a good fighter – I give him a lot of respect. I’ll just live to fight another day.

In the opening fight of the telecast, hometown favorite Caros Fodor (3-0, 1 NC) dominated Thomas Diagne (1-2) en route to an impressive unanimous decision victory. Fodor, who lives and trains in nearby Kirkland under MMA legend Matt Hume, consistently went for the clinch then attempted the takedowns and submissions.

The undefeated prospect couldn’t complete the submission attempts and was disappointed in earning his first decision victory.

“I should have gone for the submission more when I had them,” Fodor said. “Tonight, against his style, I was a little patient. I wasn’t 100 percent, but it was still great to earn the victory in front of my hometown fans. No excuses, but I should have submitted him.”

Complete STRIKEFORCE Challengers Results:

Main Card:

Shane Del Rosario def. Lolohea Mahe – TKO (strikes) – Round 1 (3:48)

Sarah Kaufman def. Roxanne Modafferi – KO (body slam) – Round 3 (4:45)

Bobby Voelker def. Cory Devela – Split Decision – 29-28 Devela, 29-28 Voelker, 29-28 Voelker

Mike Kyle def. Abongo Humphrey – Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2 (3:28)

Caros Fodor def. Thomas Diagne – Unanimous Decision (30-27, three times)

Preliminary Card:

Brent “Mankill” Knopp def. Ryan Hayes – TKO (punches) – Round 2 (:55)

CJ March def. Taurean “Black” Washington – Unanimous Decision

Drew “The Eternal Fire” Brokenshire def. Jordan Macklin – Submission (Guillotine choke) – Round 1 (2:26)

“Psycho” Scott McDonald def. Doug Kay – Submission – Round 1 (2:09)

Brewster The Rooster” Inman def. Quincy Spruill – Submission – Round 1 (3:57)

Jamen “Chainsaw” Olney def. Jordan Currie – Unanimous Decision

John Elam def. Frankie Orr – Split Decision

Wendel Horton def. Keith Mortuiccio – TKO (1:43)

9 COMMENTS
  • nothing_shank says:

    Pretty decent night of fights for a challengers card. I thought voelker got beat. It looked like the king mo-gegard fight. If either of those fights took place in japan, the more active bottom fighter wouldve won. Just because a guy is laying on you doesn’t mean you lost. I had cory 29-28. Kaufman killed roxy in that fight! Killer slam. Shane is looking to be an awesome prospect. He is easily the fastest heavy in strikeforce. Did anyone else notice how much shane looks like gabriel gonzaga? UNCANNY!

  • danw84 says:

    Really enjoyable night of fights.

    Sarah Kaufman is a badass, that slam was nuts.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i get the feeling Shane is gonna stay at heavy weight til he gets beaten. I just cant see him coming out on top against the cream of the Strikeforce heavyweights. That said he’s an extremely talented guy and does need a step up in competition. I’d like to see him fight Antonio Silva or Arlovski to really test him.
    Been following his M1 and ShoXC careers and always thought he looked like he could get to 205 eventually. Think Mahe said that last knee broke his rib

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I want to see Shane fight a top wrestler/grappler.
    Fights I want to see at HW in SF or Dream (if possible).
    Del Rosario vs Lashley.
    Kharitonov vs Barnett.
    Rogers vs Sylvia.
    Werdum vs Overeem.
    Arlovski vs Rizzo
    Aleksander vs Monson.
    Fedor vs Big Foot.
    Gracie vs Rodriguez.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    this was a great night of fights but the refs were not helping anything. In the womans fight Roxanne got Sara down and about 15 seconds later the ref stood them up???? Let the lady work a little, I dont think it would have changed the outcome of the fight but could have made it much closer. Now I am looking forward to Kaufmann vs Coenen as that should be a great fight.

  • Guthookd says:

    Done deal with a motherfucking SLAM!

  • Rece Rock says:

    “… in STRIKEFORCE’s deep heavyweight division.”

    deep?…ehhh not so much.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Fedor, Rogers, Kharitonov, Arlovski, Lashley, Gracie, BigFoot, Del Rosario, Werdum and Overeem is deep. Maybe not AS deep as the UFC’s but deep. Whats your problem Rece?. Did SF do something to you in a past life?.

  • GIKE MOLDBERG says:

    Del Rosario is a classic example of someone who isn’t in the UFC-He should drop down to the UFC lightheavyweight division and at best be a competitor

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